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September 20, 2018 | 8:30am-6:30pm | The Ritz Carlton Tysons Corner | McLean, VA

Training today's professionals to solve tomorrow's cyber challenges.


Peter Warren Singer is Strategist at New America and an editor at Popular Science magazine. He has been named by the Smithsonian as one of the nation's 100 leading innovators, by Defense News as one of the 100 most influential people in defense issues, by Foreign Policy to their Top 100 Global Thinkers List, as an official "Mad Scientist" for the U.S. Army's Training and Doctrine Command, and by Onalytica social media data analysis as one of the ten most influential voices in the world on cybersecurity and 25th most influential in the field of robotics. Peter's award winning books include Corporate Warriors: The Rise of the Privatized Military Industry, Children at War, Wired for War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century; and Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know; and Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War, a technothriller crossed with nonfiction research, which has been endorsed by people who range from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs to the co-inventor of the Internet to the writer of HBO Game of Thrones. His upcoming nonfiction book, LikeWar, will be out in October 2018 and explores how social media has changed war and politics, and war and politics has changed social media. 

His past work include serving at the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Harvard University, and as the founding director of the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings, where he was the youngest person named senior fellow in its 100 year history. 


Strategist at the New America Foundation & Best-Selling Author


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Michael Allen is Managing Director of Beacon Global Strategies, an advisory firm specializing in International Policy, Defense, Cyber, Intelligence, and Homeland Security. Allen assists clients in understanding intelligence and cyber security issues and advises on challenges arising from geopolitical instability on a variety of transactions and commercial endeavors.


From 2011-2013, Allen served as the Majority Staff Director of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI). Under Chairman Mike Rogers’ (R-MI) direction, the HPSCI oversaw, authorized, and funded all intelligence programs in the seventeen elements of the intelligence community and led the House of Representatives’ consideration of cyber security legislation. Prior to joining the HPSCI, Allen was director for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s successor to the 9/11 Commission, the National Security Preparedness Group, co-chaired by former Congressman Lee Hamilton and former Governor Tom Kean.

Michael also served in the George W. Bush White House for seven years in a variety of national security policy and legislative roles: At the National Security Council (NSC), he served as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Counter-proliferation Strategy from June 2007 to January 2009 under National Security Advisor Steve Hadley. As the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Legislative Affairs from March 2005 to June 2007, he was the NSC’s chief liaison with the national security committees of Congress.  From December 2001 to February 2005, Michael worked in the legislative affairs office of the White House’s Homeland Security Council. As Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, he was part of team that managed the White House effort to enact the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which created the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 


Michael is the author of Blinking Red: Crisis and Compromise in American Intelligence After 9/11. (Potomac Books, September 2013) 

Managing Director, Beacon Global Strategies


Mr. Pavel is a Senior Vice President, Arnold Kanter Chair, and Director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council.  Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, Mr. Pavel was a member of the Senior Executive Service in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy for over seventeen years. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Pavel served as the Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Defense Policy and Strategy on the National Security Council staff under Presidents George W. Bush and Barak Obama.  In this capacity, he helped shape the President's foreign and defense policies on cyberspace, missile defense, space, nuclear posture, and a wide range of other key issues. Mr. Pavel served as the Chief of Staff and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities from 2006 to 2008, where his work included the development of the first Defense Department Cyber Deterrence Strategy. From 1993 to 2006, Mr. Pavel led a broad range of defense strategy and planning initiatives for the Clinton and Bush administrations. Mr. Pavel received a Presidential Rank Award in 2007 in recognition of his career accomplishments.

Mr. Pavel holds a BA in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Brown University, and an MA in Security Studies as well as an MPA in International Relations from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School.

Senior VP, Atlantic Council & Director of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy & Security


Don understands the challenges organizations face trying to keep up with a changing threat environment. Don has over 20 years of experience delivering cybersecurity services across the disciplines of cyber intelligence, malware research, managed security services, and vulnerability management. Leveraging inspiration from high pressure disciplines such as aviation, first responders, and the military, Don has adapted models of experiential learning for the cyber domain. This unique service offering is helping customers prepare for the emergent cyber threat. 


The experiences of leading SOC operations and a worldwide team of anti-virus researchers has afforded Don a deep understanding of the cyber threats we face. The opportunity to work with worldwide cybersecurity operations and management teams provided a canvas to develop workforce multiplier technology and process. Today Don leverages that understanding to develop unique service offerings to uplift cyber intelligence and security operations capabilities. Don learned the art of penetration testing while working as a consultant for Ernst & Young and Deloitte. Don has a strong technical background achieved through many challenges on the job. Its these collective experiences that motivate Don to help others achieve a state of cyber readiness. Don has a bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and enjoys organized sports and many different outdoor activities.

Sr Manager, Mandiant – A FireEye Company | Education and Training Division


Jon is the founding faculty of the Cyber Intelligence and Security undergraduate and graduate  programs and dean at the nation’s first College of Security and Intelligence at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.  He has been appointed to serve on Governor Ducey’s Arizona Cybersecurity Team representing northern Arizona.  Dr. Haass serves as advisory board member for the Arizona Cyber Threat Response Alliance (ACTRA), a regional information sharing and analysis organization that includes companies in 14 of the critical infrastructure sectors.


His areas of research interest include the security issues associated with connected cyber-physical systems that encompass aircraft, cars, industrial controls and much more. He has published on information sharing, airport cybersecurity on a grant from the National Academies of Science, and other topics including the challenges of educating the next generation of cyber warriors.


Prior to joining the University, Jon has been a leader in startup and large corporations.  At Sun Microsystems he headed development of multimedia products which included digital rights management (DRM).  As VP at OpenTV he worked on secure data transport using MPEG, after that he was responsible for partnerships with anti-virus and anti-spam solutions at Sendmail. He received his PhD in Mathematics at MIT where he stayed as a CLE Moore instructor while starting his first company.

Dean, College of Security and Intelligence | Associate Professor | Cyber Intelligence and Security | Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University


Mr. Daryl Haegley has 30 years of military, federal civilian and commercial consulting experience, currently overseeing the cybersecurity effort to secure control systems / operational technology for the Department of Defense (DoD).  He leads DoD policy, security assessments, cyber range capability developments, cyber workforce skill requirements, Secretary of Defense cybersecurity scorecard and Risk Management Framework (RMF) process improvements. Contributing author to NIST Special Publication 800-82 R2 ‘Guide to Industrial Control Systems Security,’ Unified Facilities Criteria 4-010-06 ‘Cybersecurity of Facility-Related Control Systems’ and Springer publication ‘Security of Industrial Control Systems.’

He maintains four certifications, three Masters’ degrees, two college loans & one patent.

GICSP, OCP | Control Systems Cybersecurity | Department of Defense


Chris has over twenty years of experience as an intelligence, cyber, and East Asian specialist. He is currently the President of Water Dragons Consulting, a firm specializing in cybersecurity intelligence and policy, competitive intelligence, and analytical solutions. In this role, he has worked with a wide variety of clients including the government of Singapore, Idaho National Labs, and Lendit. He also serves as  Executive Director of International Programs at the University of Maryland University College and a Major in the U.S. Army Reserve. As a military officer, Chris has participated in combat operations in Iraq, foreign military engagement in Bosnia-Herzegovina, and as a Defense Attaché in various embassies in the Asia-Pacific theater.


Previously, Chris served as Director of Research and Intelligence at Strontium Group, a venture capital advisory firm; Senior China Policy Analyst for SAIC; Principal Cyber Threat Intelligence Analyst at Mandiant; Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton; and Senior Intelligence Analyst for the Department of Defense. Chris holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Pennsylvania and is certified in Supply Chain Management and Security+.

Water Dragons Consulting (WDC)


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Christopher Porter is the Chief Intelligence Strategist of FireEye and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council.


At FireEye, he runs the Intelligence for Executives program for senior corporate and government clients worldwide. Christopher previously served as editor-in-chief of FireEye’s strategic intelligence products. He created and managed operations for the Executive Reporting intelligence subscription service, which reaches over 4000 customers in 67 countries, including over 650 of the Fortune Global 2000. He also oversaw production of Threat Media Highlights, FireEye’s perspective on breaking cybersecurity news and our most popular intelligence product.


At the Atlantic Council, Christopher contributes to the Cyber Statecraft Initiative within the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. His research focuses on cyber diplomacy broadly, practical methods of reaching and enforcing cyber arms control agreements, and artificial intelligence as a security issue.

Christopher has offered commentary on cybersecurity and threat intelligence in the New York Times, USA Today, NBC News, the Council on Foreign Relations, BBC, Lawfare, Foreign Policy, Defense One, Christian Science Monitor, Bloomberg News, Cipher Brief, War on the Rocks, Politico, Cyberscoop, Dark Reading, Roll Call and many other TV, radio, and print outlets worldwide.

Chief Intelligence Strategist – A FireEye Company


Michelle is President of Cyber Intelligent Partners (CIP), a Washington DC-based company providing Cyber Intelligence training and education for Industry and Government organizations worldwide.  She is formerly the Vice President of Corporate Relations at the Institute of World Politics (IWP) in Washington D.C., and Co-founder, Director of IWP’s Cyber Intelligence Initiative.  A former executive in international business for over 20 years, Michelle began her career in telecommunications, and information security, in Silicon Valley working for Cable & Wireless and British Telecom.

Her academic research as a scholar-practitioner focused on “Cyber Intelligence” and the complex but necessary relationship between the public-private sectors and the impact of those relationships on U.S. national security. She is a co-founder of IWP’s Corporate Statecraft and the Cyber Statecraft graduate school programs and co-taught the Corporate Statecraft and Cyber Statecraft courses at IWP. She is a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) – Cyber Intelligence Task Force.


As an executive in international business for over 17 years, Michelle specialized in the information security, computing and technology (ICT) industry, focusing primarily on business development, cyber security, policy development, and negotiating strategic partnerships.  Michelle developed a successful track record in establishing relationships with CEO, CIO, CISO and CFO executives, creating strategic alliances and negotiating partnerships with companies such as Cisco Systems, HP, and AT&T.  

President of Cyber Intelligent Partners


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